Missouri Holstein Association Annual Meeting

It's a Cornhole Tournament!
Everyone had a great time who turned out for our Cornhole tournament Friday evening.
Emma Parrigon and Lily Bluel compete in Family Division on left. Right Neal Bluel and Roper Voskamp also compete in family division.

Heart of America Dairy Expo
Midwest dairy had a speaker from DMI come to talk about the many uses of your checkoff dollars.

Ron Grusenmeyer, Midwest Dairy
Introduces DMI Speaker

Missouri Dairy - JP Dunn
Executive Director, JP Dunn, welcomes attendees.

If you weren't playing a cornhole game it was great to catch up with friends!

Adult Division Top 2 Teams
Trent Miller and Austin Porter (on far outsides) are the team that came out on top!
Team Bilyeu: Ryan and Keysha take second place in the adult division.

The tenth year in Springfield, changes in the directorship of the Missouri Dairy association and a small vendor attendance and some very heavy rain and snow on Friday contributed to a light attendance this year. There were several meetings going on during the three days and it was enjoyable to see those who were able to attend to talk and discuss items of business in our industry.
Highlights of the Missouri Holstein Convention are as follows. Or you can click on the link below to read the convention book.

  • Hospitality Room - We once again had a hospitality room hosted by Ed Wittorff Friday afternoon and following the cornhole tournament. Since we've had this a few years now, it is getting a little easier to find. It is really wonderful that our association really does enjoy each other's company as they catch up on the past years events. This is a tradition we hope to continue!
  • Tim Ewing, Holstein USA, Holstein USA now has 5 bulls in Marketplace Sires, these are owned by breeders and are conventional semen at $20 / unit. These sires are from outstanding cow families. Breeders need to switch to RFID tags, we will eventually be mandated to use RFID.
  • Show / Futurity: Changed wording a little on entry form. “ELIGIBILITY: Any Registered Holstein female at least 87% RHA bred by a Missouri Holstein Assoc member and owned by a Missouri Holstein Assoc member ….”
  • Dr. Scott Poock reported on the state of the MU Foremost dairy. There has been a lot of industry concern regarding recent changes and recommendations on breeding, status of JC Penney Guernseys and trajectory of the farm.
  • State Fair: Will be adding a PeeWee bucket calf class for kids too young for 4H -working on a sponsor. Donation of $500 to Brown Swiss Jr Show. Need volunteers/submissions for a video. Mo Farm Bureau Foundation for Ag is partnering with the Dairy Dept@MSF to create a Get to Know Your Exhibitors video to update what we showcase at the Milk Parlor video. Please send video clips of you/kids
  • Awards Committee: There are no pending applications for Distinguished Member.
  • Dairy Hall of Honors: 2019 winners were announced: Those receiving awards are Ron Thompson (DFA) & Dr. John Sikes, MU - Meritorious Service; Dave Cochard – Leadership, Ronald Owen (Jersey) – Breeder, and James McDonald (Guernsey) & Daryl Robinson (Holstein USA Field Representative) – Pioneer.
  • Field Day: Looking for a volunteer for 2020. Currently we do not have anyone lined up. Please contact Jodi if you are interested.
  • Pulsator: Two members are investigating the possibility of taking over the Pulsator and turning it into a state magazine. Possibly including all breeds and information. Sought out interest of expanded print publication and the interest of the other breeds.
  • New Officers: President: Tommy Scrivner; VP: Ryan Bilyeu; Secretary: Jodi Wright; Director at Large: Scott Wilson; At Large Board Member: Ed Wittorff
  • Junior Advisors: Katie Wantland and Shannon Kleiboeker will share duties and be co-leaders.
  • Finance Report: Moved around CD's in accordance with finance committee recommendations.
  • MO Districts: Discussed moving some district lines based on the exodus of dairies in the state. A committee will be appointed to look into this.
Junior convention results listed on the Junior Page.

Fun Auction and Awards for Juniors and Adults

All-Missouri Awards
Presented by Ryan Bilyeu and Scott Wilson and
MO Holstein Miss candidates: Molly Melzer and Whitney Yerina.

All-Missouri recipients present at the state convention.

Friday night Crowd
Even though the overall turnout of the expo was very light
We had a great crowd Friday night for our Social and Cornhole Tournament

Futurity Award
College of the Ozarks receives a chair for 2nd place
and Dursts receive a semen certificate for 1st from Select representative Kent Daniels.

Emma Parrigon receives
her 2019 All-MO Award

Selling the Donated Semen
Tim Ewing presents each semen lot donated by our local AI companies. THANK YOU!

This year we did most of our award presentations Friday evening. We handed out Futurity, All-Missouri's, Adult Distinguished Member awards and Jr. All-Missouri's at the meal on Friday evening. On Saturday we handed out the youth awards and crowned the Missouri Holstein Junior Miss and awarded the Missouri Spring Classic scholarship.

We also split up the fun auction into live and silent. Donated semen sold in our live auction. Missouri Dairy Association acquired some items built by the state prison and these items were also auctioned off and split between the four breed associations that held meetings at the Heart of America expo.

Click here for a complete list of the All-Missouri Awards presented

Auction Help
Had lots of help with the auction and awards. Miss candidates Molly Melzer and Whiney Yerina helped with our live auction. Couldn't do it without the help of expert clerks Jeannie Luttrell and Janice Perry (busy and not in the photo). Our famous auctioneer, Gary Estes and ringman Jason Ewing work the crowd.

Silent Auction Items
We also had a wide variety of silent auction items available to take home! Loved the active bidding.

Miller FFA Dairy Foods & Products Team
The state winning and 1st place National dairy products judging team was recognized and presented with Holstein 100th Anniversary book by President, Tommy Scrivner.
Miller FFA: Lexi Smith, Tori Parnell, Emma Gunter, Dakota Washburn; Advisor Lyle Whittaker

Cornhole Tournament
Social gathering Friday evening consisted of food, auction, tournament and live entertainment!

The Morland Family analyzes the Tournament rules before competition begins!

Katie Wantland helped to distribute teams and announce bracket standings.

Playing in the youth division
Sammi Justice and Molly Melzer
are concentrating hard.

Faith Ling and Lily Bluel are having so much fun
competing in the family divisions with their dads!

Candy Bouquets sponsored by Ray Schooley
Shannon Kleiboeker made a candy bouquet for Sponsor Ray Schooley for each of the youth placing in the top 3 in the youth and family categories. Now, that's a lot of sugar!

Ed Wittorff is serious about the bracket
Ed Wittorff and Jarred Parrigon competed in the family division and they want to know what their chances are?

This year the sale committee decided to not host the state sale due to the dairy economy. So the state decided to have a social event in its place. We had a variety of activities going on Friday evening.

We hosted our first ever Cornhole tournament. Three divisions accommodated all types of teams: adult, family (one adult and one youth) and then the youth division for our kids. Normally the youth have a separate fun night, but this year they joined the adults and competed and had fun! We had 18 teams participate in all three categories in a double elimination tournament. Shannon Kleiboeker, Lora Wright and Katie Wantland did a great job bracketing teams and running the contest. We also had some great sponsors for the event and had wonderful prizes for the top 3 teams in each division.

Reagan Bluel playing in the family
division with her daughter Ada.

Case Melzer and Blake Wright dueling it
out in the youth division.

Adult Division
The adults did not disappoint and they were very competitive!
Here Keysha Bilyeu and Tonya Rickets are dueling it out!

Youth Division Winners
Top 3 youth teams: L to R: 3rd: Molly & Case Melzer; 2nd Blake Wright & Sammi Justice; 1st Lila Wantland & Whitney Yerina. Each winner received a candy bouquet sponsored by Ray Schooley and either a Race Brothers or Macs Vet Supply gift card obtained by Judy Thomas! THANK YOU SPONSORS!

Family Division Winners
Top 3 Family teams: L to R: 1st Leslie & Emma Parrigon; 2nd Neal & Lily Bluel; 3rd: Jarred Parrigon & Ed Wittorff. Each winner received a embroidered jacket from Old Missouri Bank! THANK YOU OLD MISSOURI BANK!

Adult Division Winners
Top 3 Family teams: L to R: 1st Austin Porter & Trent miller; 2nd Ryan & Keysha Bilyeu; 3rd: the Rickets. Each winner received a embroidered jacket from Old Missouri Bank! THANK YOU SELECT SIRES!

Cornhole Sponsors

Distinguished Member

Janice Perry was recognized for her long
dedication to the juniors of Missouri.

Jodi Wright recognized for long service
as the Holstein secretary.

40-Year Holstein Members

National Holstein 40-Yr Members
This year the Missouri 40-Year members are Jay Moreland, Harrisonville.
Scott Wilson Director At Large congratulating Jay.

Click here to view Complete Minutes of 2019 Membership Meeting

Click here to view 2019 Resolutions


And the Winner Is...

College of the Ozarks (December Pulsator)

Tina Ann Pulsator Nomination

Congratulations to College of the Ozarks!



You can pay dues ONLINE or MAIL!

Due March 15 for Mid-States printing!

PAY ONLINE (click here)


Adult membership dues are a flat fee of $50.00 per herd prefix.
For each additional individual member per prefix, an additional $25.00 per person.
Those adult members who do not own cattle pay $25.00 per membership.
Junior members pay $5.00 per membership.
Removed from Holstein USA Membership March 15.
Late Fee of $10.00 per adult membership April 15 or later.

A paid State Membership will reduce your registration fees 
and other Holstein Service fees. State Memberships are renewed annually for both Adult & Junior Members.

JUNIORS: If you are a Junior only member (your parents are not state association members, and you wish to receive the Mid-States Magazine then you must include $5 additional (per family) with your junior dues in order to receive the Mid-States.

Membership registration forms are available for download - Click HERE.
Please send completed forms and a check payable
to Missouri Holstein Association to:

Missouri Holstein Association
Jodi Wright, Secretary/Treasurer
11449 Lawrence 2220
Verona, MO 65769

For questions or more information, email  jwright@missouriholstein.com


Or you can PAY ONLINE (click here)


If you need a Missouri state member's phone, email
or address click on the link below.

2019 Missouri Membership List - By District

2019 Missouri Membership List - By Last Name


Missouri is classifying in April. Watch for state compiled list in the next couple months. If you would like to still signup with a late fee, contact Holstein USA at 800-952-5200.


NEW Dairy Legislative Group

New and exciting things happening in the Missouri dairy industry. Take a moment to read all about it from Extension specialist, Reagan Bluel.

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In Memory - Ann Lenz
December 20, 1938 - January 6, 2020

Ann Lenz - Lenzway Dairy

Ruth “Ann” Lenz, 81, of Boonville, died on Monday, January 6, 2020. Ann was born on December 20, 1938, in California, MO, the daughter of Edward Henry and Ella Cornelia (Liebi) Kueffer. She was united in marriage to Richard Louis Lenz on June 18, 1960.

Ann loved working alongside her husband and sons on their dairy farm near Prairie Home. She enjoyed working in her lawn and garden, generally being outdoors, baking, and playing cards, especially with her siblings, friends at the nutrition center and the infamous group of ladies known as “Card Club.” She also enjoyed chatting with friends from church, the agriculture community, and pretty much anyone that she bumped into. She volunteered with 4-H, Zion Lutheran School, Meals on Wheels, the Boonville Nutrition Center and numerous other groups, impacting many lives young and old. She will be missed.

Ann is survived by her husband Richard and three sons, Greg (Janeth) Lenz of Everton, Bruce (Kathy) Lenz, and Chris (Suzanne) Lenz of Prairie Home. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Morgan (Andrew) Tate, Manuela Bedoya, Brett (Sarah) Lenz, Taylor Lenz, Michaela Lenz, Matt Swan, Nathan Swan, Jake Lenz, and Rosie Lenz, and one great-grandchild, Marin. Ann is also survived by two sisters, Marian Dorn and Carol (Charles) Rackers, and two brothers, Bob (Mary Ann) and Jim (Betty) Kueffer. She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Cletus, Stanley, and Harold, and Ray Kueffer.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 11, from 9-11:30 at Zion Lutheran Church, and the funeral service at 11:30 with Pastor Paul Weisenborn officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Zion Lutheran School or donor’s choice. I'm sure Richard and family would enjoy hearing from their dairy friends. Richard Lenz, 21355 Reavis Woods Rd, Prairie Home, MO 65068

In Memory - Laura Wittorff
July 28, 1927 - January 5, 2020

Laura Wittorff - Wittspride Brown Swiss and Holsteins

Laura Emelia Wittorff, 92 years, passed away on February 5, 2020 at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, MO with family by her side. Laura was born July 28, 1927 in Stuttgart, AR to Edward and Emelia (Schmidt) Abel.

Laura was a retired proud Dairy Farmer! On October 6, 1957 Laura and Walter Wittorff Sr. were united in marriage at Stuttgart, AR and to this union they were blessed with three children.

Laura was a Christian and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ava. She enjoyed her cows, singing, playing the piano,working in the garden, and baking her Christmas cookies. Laura also was very active in researching her genealogy. Her joy was her family and especially her grand and great grandchildren.

Laura was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Walter Sr., and one sister, Dorothy Meyer. She is survived by her daughter and husband, Dorothy & Kris Sandgren of Nixa, MO, two sons Walter Wittorff, Jr. and Edward Wittorff both of Ava, MO, four grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, siblings, Norma Young, Delores Ottenad, and Edward Abel, and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Laura will be Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Ava, MO with officiating by Pastor Wayne Strohschein. Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO. Burial will be Monday, Feb. 10th at 2:00 p.m. in the Lone Tree Cemetery Chapel in Stuttgart, AR. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to be made to Trinity Lutheran Church of Ava, MO. Condolences may be sent to Ed and Walt Wittorff, Rt 1 Box 351-B, Ava MO 65608.


MU Extension has been busy planning Winter programs. There are a variety of program opportunities occurring around the state this winter. Take some time out of your busy schedule and invest in yourself and your operation by attending one or more of these outstanding clinics and events below.

  1. Women in Dairy, SW Center - February 12
  2. Spring Forage Conference - February 25
    Oasis Hotel and Convention center Keynote Speaker: Temple Grandin

For more information or to register for an event contact Specialist: Reagan Bluel 417-847-3161 (text) or BluelRJ@missouri.edu

Women In Dairy


Bring your Sweetheart and have a wonderful meal and a relaxing evening!

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Seating is limited. So be sure to register at the following link. https://forms.gle/6x1WPBw8FJKnpYNf9. Questions: Reagan Bluel 417-847-3161 (text) or BluelRJ@missouri.edu

March 11 - SWMO: What herd diseases could be lurking in the dark? and SCMO - no programming April 8 - SWMO: Social Lunch.       SCMO: What herd diseases could be lurking in the dark?

March Issue!

Last call for any advertising or information
in the March 2020 Pulsator. Need by 3/1/20!

2020 Holstein Association USA Judges Conference to be held in California

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., January 31, 2020 – Registration is now open for the Holstein Association USA 2020 Judges Conference, to be held at Maddox Dairy on Friday, March 13 in Riverdale, California.

The one-day conference will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Interested participants can register for the conference on the Holstein Association USA website with a credit card. The pre-registration fee is $50, which closes two weeks before the conference, on February 28. Late registrants and walk-ins will pay a $100 fee. To attend the conference, you must be 22 years old by the day of the conference.

Individuals on the Holstein Association USA Judges List must have attended and received a satisfactory rating at a Holstein Association USA Judges Conference within a five-year period. Those planning to apply for the list in the future must first attend and receive a satisfactory rating at a Holstein Association USA Judges Conference before submitting an application.

To register online, visit: www.holsteinusa.com/shows/judges_preregister.html. For more information, contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or jhoynoski@holstein.com.

Visit www.ruanngenetics.com/accomodations for a list of hotel accommodations and travel information.


Dairy Margin Program

Information regarding DMC can be found here.
Rates for 2019:
USDA Dairy Margin Coverage Program - 2019,
- January Rate: 7.71. Payment if buying $9.50 Insurance = $1.79 per cwt.
- February Rate: 7.91. Payment if buying $9.50 Insurance = $1.59 per cwt.
- March Rate: 8.66. Payment if buying $9.50 Insurance = $0.84 per cwt.
- April Rate: 8.82. Payment if buying $9.50 Insurance = $0.68 per cwt.
- May Rate: 9.00. Payment if buying $9.50 Insurance = $0.50 per cwt.
- June Rate: 8.63. Payment if buying $9.50 Insurance = $0.87 per cwt.
- July Rate: 9.27. Payment if buying $9.50 Insurance = $0.23 per cwt.
- August Rate: 9.85. Over the 9.50 threshold - no payment.
- September Rate: 10.41. Over the 9.50 threshold - no payment.
- October Rate: 10.88. Over the 9.50 threshold - no payment.
- November Rate: 12.21. Over the 9.50 threshold - no payment.
- December Rate: 11.95. Over the 9.50 threshold - no payment.
- 2020 not yet reported



February 12 Valentines - Women in Dairy - Dinner with your hubby
Register HERE!
February 15 NHWSO Scholarship Applications due
Scholarship rules & application
February 25 Spring Forage Conference, Springfield (Extension)
February 28 National Awards Due: Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder, Elite Breeder, Distinguished Leadership. Find at www.holteinusa.com under "Awards" then "Individuals".

March 1, 2018 MDA Dairy Scholars Scholarship Applications due
Scholarship rules & application
Scholarship details
March 13, 2020 Hol USA Judges Conference, Maddox/RuAnn Dairy, CA

March 15 Award Applications due - National Dairy Shrine

March 15 MHA Dues PAYABLE

April 9 - 13 Southern Spring National, Stillwater
April 15 MHA Dues LATE and require additional $10/adult late fee

June 1 MHA Membership dues received after June 1 are not eligible for Association Sponsored Awards.

June 22 - 26 National Holstein Convention, Pennsylvania

National Holstein Convention 2012 http://www.holsteinconvention2012.com

Scholarship Listings http://www.hoards.com/youth/collegescholarships

Dairy Shrine Scholarships http://www.dairyshrine.org

FFA Scholarships http://www.ffa.org

Robthom Farm, Springfield, MO: http://www.robthom.com/

Groves-View Dairy http://www.grovesviewdairy.com

Missouri Dairy Hall of Honors: http://www.modairyhallofhonors.com/

Missouri Dairy Business Update: http://agebb.missouri.edu/modbu/index.htm

Missouri Dairymen’s Resource Guide: http://www.agebb.missouri.edu/dairy/

Genex Custom Collection Services: http://genex.crinet.com/page189/GenexCustomCollection

Missouri Dairy Association: http://www.missouridairy.org

Dairy Agenda Today: http://www.dairyagendatoday.com

Farms.com Classifieds-Post and search for everything farm related: livestock, feed and used equipment http://www.farms.com/classifieds

We would like to link our Missouri Holstein Members that have a webpage of their own to the Missouri Holstein Page. Would you like to have your page linked up with ours? Contact Jodi Wright through the feedback form and I'll explain how it will work. We'd love to have everyone listed. There is no cost to you for this service.


Tommy Scrivner
Phone: 417-543-0725

Vice President
Ryan Bilyeu

Jodi Wright
11449 Lawrence 2220
Verona, MO 65769

Director at Large
Scott Wilson


Mid-States Editor
Kate Geppert
4728 Co Rd 240
Kingdom City, MO 65262

National Director
Dwight Rokey
2021 F Road
Sabetha, Kansas 66534

Holstein Field Representative
Tim Ewing
4784 State Hwy PP
Fordland, MO 65652
417-818-MILK (6455)


If you would like more information on the following:

  • Cattle Available to Sell
  • Cattle Wanted to Buy
  • Consign cattle to State Sale
  • Request catalog for State Sale
  • Advertising in Mid-States Publication
  • Subscribing to Mid-States Publication
  • Senior Membership
  • Junior Membership
  • Show Entry forms
  • Information on Missouri Sho-Me Futurity
  • Want to advertise on Breeders Page on our website
  • Would like to link farm to Missouri Website
  • Other

Please email your request for information to the following email. Include the items you are interested in, your name, address, phone, and email.  jwright@missouriholstein.com


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